HELENA – Missoula Sentinel made the trek to Helena to duke it out on the mats with Helena Capital, but it was to no avail as the Spartans lost to the Bruins by a score of 37-36.
The night started in the 205-pound weight class, and the Bruins’ Josh Lee made quick work of Sentinel’s John Gunter, pinning Gunter in the first period to make it 6-0 in Capital’s favor. Sentinel did not give in as Justin Kovalicky nabbed Hunter Gilliam’s leg and got the pin at 126 pounds to narrow the margin to only six points
Sentinel took the lead after a no contest in the 145-pound class and a pin by Conall Powers in the 152-pound division to make it 30-25 with only three matches left on the ledger.
At 160 pounds, Capital’s Tristyn Gilliam took on Sentinel’s Bailey Hawk, knowing a pin would secure the lead for the Bruins. The match nearly spanned the entirety of the three two-minute periods. Gilliam came out strong to open the third frame and got on top of Hawk. In a constant struggle, the momentum of the match would change hands two more times inside the last minute, before Gilliam finally pinned Hawk with only four seconds left to secure a one-point lead for the Bruins.
That margin would hold as the scores escalated, as the Helena Capital Bruins took the win by a score of 37-36.